The master's program in Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice (EFPP) includes two possible concentrations, each with a different focus, but which engage students in a critical examination of the relations among education, society, culture and government, with special emphasis on problems of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual diversity, and multiculturalism. The program stresses analysis of educational theory, policy, and practice by drawing on the humanities and the social sciences. Its foundation is critical scholarship, which examines educational institutions within broad social, political, cultural, legal, and economic contexts in the United States. Program faculty members offer courses in social, cultural, historical, legal, and philosophical foundations of education; policy analysis; evaluation; and curriculum theory. Additional related courses are available in other programs within the School of Education and in other departments of the university.
EFPP has designed its master's program as a flexible program with a relatively small size to encourage strong and enduring relationships among students and faculty. The class cohorts represent a wide spectrum of undergraduate majors, geographic locations, previous experiences, and cultural backgrounds. These diverse perspectives enrich the educational environment and expand social awareness.
All master's program concentrations are designed to prepare graduates for diverse roles as educators, advocates or policy analysts in schools, government agencies, think tanks, policy organizations, community organizations or institutions of higher education. This program also prepares graduates to pursue PhD work.
Community-Based Change Concentration
Students will pursue a course of study to develop expertise in policy analysis, research methods, and program evaluation, as well as specific areas of inquiry such as the process of school reform and the development of partnerships between community members and external participants. This strand of the EFPP MA program is specifically geared toward educators, parents, and other community members who wish to gain skills and knowledge that will assist them in becoming powerful advocates for high-quality, equitable education.
Key foundations courses in this concentration include but are not limited to: Philosophy of Education, Sociology of Education, History of American Education, Education Policy and the Law, and African American Issues in Education.
Evaluation and Policy Analysis Concentration
Students will pursue a course of study to develop expertise in policy analysis, research methods, and program evaluation, as well as specific areas of inquiry such as the process of school reform and the development of more equitable education policies. The program is designed to prepare evaluators, and policy analysts for careers in academic institutions and agencies at the state and federal levels. Graduates will be able to analyze, recommend, and evaluate public policies effectively.
Key courses in this concentration include but are not limited to: Education Evaluation, Policy Issues in Education, Philosophy of Education, Education Policy and the Law, and Theoretical Issues in Education Policy.
Bachelor's–Accelerated Master's Degree Program
Students may earn this degree as part of the Bachelor's–Accelerated Master's (BAM) degree program, which allows currently enrolled CU Boulder undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in a shorter period of time.
For more information, see the Accelerated Master's tab for the associated bachelor's degree(s): Ethnic Studies - Bachelor of Arts (BA).
Requirements for Master's Degree
Students must successfully complete 30 credit hours of approved coursework while maintaining at least a B (3.0) average in all work attempted while enrolled.
Successfully pass their Capstone Course.
The master’s degree must be completed within four years.
Students develop a degree plan in consultation with their faculty advisor, typically in their first semester. The frequency of individual course offerings varies; therefore, candidates should plan ahead so that the required 30 credit hours are completed within the four-year limit.
Students select the remaining 6 credit hours in consultation with their advisors, depending on the credit distribution in the above categories.
Required Courses and Credits
|Choose at least 15 credit hours in educational foundations. Suggested courses:|
|Sociology in Education|
|History of American Education|
|Education Policy and the Law|
|Gender Issues in Education|
|Ethics in Education|
|African American Education in the United States|
|Higher Education in the United States|
|Anthropology of Education|
|Philosophy of Education|
|Seminar: Policy Issues in Education|
|Philosophical Issues in Educational Research|
|Theoretical Issues in Education Policy|
Ordinarily, entering master's-level students will take the following two courses to meet this requirement:
|Basic Statistical Methods|
|Introduction to Disciplined Inquiry|
Those who have already taken one or more comparable courses can adjust their course of study accordingly.
Students may select 6 credits of coursework in consultation with their advisor.
|Total Credit Hours||30|
During the final spring semester prior to graduation, students must enroll in the capstone course EDUC 6945 MA Capstone Seminar in Foundations of Education. This course is only offered in the spring semester. The capstone course requires the submission of a paper or project reviewed by faculty to successfully complete both course and graduation requirements.
Transfer of Credit
Transfer credit is defined as any credit earned at another accredited institution, credits earned on another campus of the CU system, or credits earned as a nondegree student within the CU system including the Boulder campus. Students who have transfer credits must complete the transfer of credit paperwork approval process.
The maximum amount of work that may be transferred from another accredited institution to CU Boulder is 9 credit hours, and is accepted only after approval of the department chair/program director and under the special conditions outlined in the Graduate School Rules. All courses accepted for transfer must be graduate-level courses. A course in which a grade of B- or lower was received will not be accepted for transfer. Transfer coursework must have been completed in the five years prior to acceptance to the program. Credit may not be transferred until the student has completed 6 credits of graduate-level coursework as a degree-seeking student on the CU Boulder campus with a 3.0 GPA.